carpenter ant

noun

Definition of carpenter ant

: an ant (especially genus Camponotus) that gnaws galleries especially in dead or decaying wood

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Examples of carpenter ant in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Like all ants, carpenter ant colonies start with scout ants that forage your home for the best places to eat or hang out. Brie Dyas, Country Living, 3 July 2022 Like all ants, carpenter ant colonies start with scout ants that forage your home for the best places to eat or hang out. Brie Dyas, Country Living, 3 July 2022 Like all ants, carpenter ant colonies start with scout ants that forage your home for the best places to eat or hang out. Brie Dyas, Country Living, 3 July 2022 Termite and carpenter ant colonies should be treated by professional exterminators. oregonlive, 10 Jan. 2022 Treat carpenter ant nests around mid-April when the nests are active. oregonlive, 10 Jan. 2022 In 1882, the German zoologist Friedrich Blochmann discovered the microorganisms in carpenter ant embryos. Quanta Magazine, 9 Sep. 2020 Like all ants, carpenter ant colonies start with scout ants that forage your home for the best places to eat or hang out. Brie Dyas, Country Living, 26 May 2020 Pity the poor unsuspecting carpenter ant who unwittingly becomes infected with spores scattered by a parasitic fungus in the Cordyceps genus. Jennifer Ouellette, Ars Technica, 17 July 2019 See More

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First Known Use of carpenter ant

1883, in the meaning defined above

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6 Aug 2022

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“Carpenter ant.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/carpenter%20ant. Accessed 12 Aug. 2022.

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